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#1407: The Diamond in the Corolla


Doubles the value of the car. (flickr/Jeffrey Beall)

Original Air Date: 02.15.2014

   Best Moment 01:30

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This week on Car Talk, Dan's new used Corolla may have come with a bonus gift. The previous owner says she threw her engagement ring at her fiance and it fell behind the dashboard. Is the ring still there, or on the new fiancee of the mechanic who previously looked for it? Also this week, Jennifer says her Subaru stinks--literally. She describes its smell as a combination of "old gas" and "dirty mechanic." Will Tom and Ray be too offended to give a diagnosis? And, Turi's best solution for her smoking Acura may be to just throw her keys down the sewer; and Brother Roger got some advice on tires from a mechanic whose heart was in the right place--unfortunately, his mouth wasn't. All this, plus a Valentine's Day recap from Ray's house, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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Man with 2004 Chevy Venture is off the hook.

by Jgizzy

Being that his problem perplexed me and finding your answers wanting, I decided to put on my internet detective cap and Google the life out of this white knuckle annoyance. And to my surprise I found a perfect answer! Best of all, it's entirely free. YouTube. 'How to fix Chevy Venture wipers parked in upright position' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3cCUXc9wug You can send me my finder's fee to the St. Louis County Jail, ask for Debbie and tell it's for Inmate 01225-H.

Favorite Moment: When you laugh like little girls after every caller.

Segment #6

by JKandell

For the guy with the Venture minivan, the wiper motor is still good. The issue is the wiper motor transmission that is attached to the wiper motor. The transmission is what "Parks" the wiper blades. Here where I live, I can purchase a wiper transmission for about $60.00. The labor to install though, I couldn't guess. It is designed to break if the load on the wiper motor is above what it should be (not cleaning the snow off a windshield or not unsticking the wiper blades from the windshield before using the wipers.).

dishonest mechanics ?

by MTT

Have to agree with Lloyd Hansen about your comments about that any mechanic anywhere would just keep the ring, if he found it.... You guys just went on national radio, live, and called every mechanic a thief... Way to go.... You guys make a lot of stupid comments in your show, when you try to be funny, but this beats all...

Diamond in the Crolla

by LloydHanson

I regularly enjoy your show. I hear you on KNAU in Flagstaff, AZ as I leave church on Sunday morning. However your show really crossed the line when you not only implied but stated very clearly that you thought the original owners of the Corolla in question were naive when they had asked a Toyota mechanic to try to retrieve the diamond ring that was dumped into the defroster slots on the car. As you put it no mechanic would ever have returned the ring once found unless the owner of the car stayed right beside the mechanic as he did his work. As the son of a highly regarded mechanic and car dealer in northern Minnesota it is inconceivable that my father or any of the men who worked for him would ever be so dishonest nor capable of such theft. In my experience in Minnesota, Texas, Kansas and Arizona I have never had any experience that would substantiate your demeaning claims about auto mechanics. I have found them to be knowledgeable technicians and willing to go to great difficulties to service my autos. For you, as fellow mechanics (if that is what you are) to denigrate others in your profession via a mere supposition is inexcusable. Shame Lloyd W. Hanson

Diamond in the Crolla

by LloydHanson

I regularly enjoy your show. I hear you on KNAU in Flagstaff, AZ as I leave church on Sunday morning. However your show really crossed the line when you not only implied but stated very clearly that you thought the original owners of the Corolla in question were naive when they had asked a Toyota mechanic to try to retrieve the diamond ring that was dumped into the defroster slots on the car. As you put it no mechanic would ever have returned the ring once found unless the owner of the car stayed right beside the mechanic as he did his work. As the son of a highly regarded mechanic and car dealer in northern Minnesota it is inconceivable that my father or any of the men who worked for him would ever be so dishonest nor capable of such theft. In my experience in Minnesota, Texas, Kansas and Arizona I have never had any experience that would substantiate your demeaning claims about auto mechanics. I have found them to be knowledgeable technicians and willing to go to great difficulties to service my autos. For you, as fellow mechanics (if that is what you are) to denigrate others in your profession via a mere supposition is inexcusable. Shame Lloyd W. Hanson

CLUTCH NOISE

by UTILMAN53

THE NOISE LADY WAS EXPLAINING WAS NO DOUBT THE THROW OUT BEARING. COME ON YOU GUYS

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